Rotted-Out 1977 Ford F-150 is a Wicked Burnout Machine: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday

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Ford F-150 is in poor shape physically, but it runs well enough to do massive, minute-long burnouts.

This week’s Tire Smokin’ Tuesday video comes to us from the Zip Ties and Bias Plies YouTube channel and it features a 1977 Ford F-150 doing a series of burnouts; some of which are fantastic. This truck is in terrible physical shape and it sounds like the exhaust is in the process of rusting away, but that doesn’t have any impact on the burnout capabilities, laying down two solid smoke shows and one mediocre display.

The Smoke Machine

There are no details on this Ford F-150 and what little is included, is wrong. The video states that this is a 1976 truck, but based on the location and design of the fender badges coupled with the square fuel door, we are pretty sure that this is a 1977 model. Granted, a fair deal of the body has crumbled away over the years, leaving what hasn’t been filled with Bondo looking like Swiss cheese.

1977 Ford F-150 Burnout Driver Side

We can tell from the sound that it is a V8 and in 1977, the F-150 was offered with four different eight-cylinder engines, including a 302 with 130 horsepower, a 351 with 156 horsepower, a 400 with 169 horsepower and the mighty 460 with 200 to 239 horsepower, depending on the model year. We don’t know which V8 is under the hood, but it sounds as though it has a serious exhaust leak, or a portion of the exhaust has fallen off with bits of body metal.

Also, it sounds as though this truck has a manual transmission, based on how each burnout begins.

1977 Ford F-150 Burnout Front

Classic Burnout Action

The video begins with a look at the passenger’s side as the driver, known only as “Frenchie”, revs the engine, dumps the clutch and gets the rear tires spinning. On this first run, the F-150 spins the tires without any trouble, making a decent cloud of smoke before racing around a nearby turn and out of sight.

The next burnout is captured from the front and on this run, the old Ford cannot seem to keep the tires spinning. Frenchie makes a few attempts and eventually gets them to spin a bit, but this second attempt was not a great one.

1977 Ford F-150 Burnout Thumbs up

Fortunately, the 1977 F-150 made up for it on the last run, roasting the tires for more than a minute, creating a gigantic cloud of smoke that cover the land around the truck.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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